New kings of New York?

Evaluating whether the Nets or Knicks will be Gotham's best team in 2012-13

Originally Published: August 3, 2012
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Brooklyn NetsAP Photo/Mary AltafferThe backcourt duo of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson gives the Nets a solid foundation.

So who will win the battle for Gotham next season, the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks?

Among all the storylines in the NBA next season, few will be met with more anticipation than the fresh rivalry between the Knicks and their new neighbors in Brooklyn. The teams face off Nov. 1 in Brooklyn. With a little help from our friends at Basketball Prospectus, we compared the starting lineups of each team and their projected value for next season along with a short assessment of the reserves.

With both teams featuring Olympians, players approaching 40 years old, and an influx of international talent, there's a good chance these teams will not only be jostling for a greater share of the New York fan base, but also for position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture next season.

What measuring sticks will we use? Win percentage and WARP (wins above replacement player). Both measures are based off Kevin Pelton's SCHOENE projection system that compares each player's career to the most statistically similar careers across NBA history and sketches out how they performed in the subsequent season. (Definitions can be found at basketballprospectus.com.)

Without further ado, let's get right to the projections ...


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